Mission u 2017: Covenant Community and Beloved Community

May 19, 2017
Story and photos submitted by the Rev. Jim Gulley
Co-dean of Mission u 2017

One of the great legacies of Methodism is engagement in education at all levels – from the first Sunday schools to the launching of universities in the U.S. and around the world. Mission education – initiated by Methodist women more than 100 years ago – is a part of our Methodist legacy of education that opens our eyes, minds and hearts to God’s work in the world, spurring us to engage in mission globally as well as locally.
Mission u 2017 offers three transformative mission education opportunities to learn, grow and engage in God’s mission in new places and new ways. Living as a Covenant Community is one of the studies that provides an opportunity for clergy and lay people alike to strengthen and renew commitments to living into "beloved community," where love and trust triumphs over fear and hatred. Let us begin by taking time this summer to come together to study, reflect, pray and grow in our capacity to live more faithfully into beloved community.
Two of our study leaders for Living as a Covenant Community – Rev. Jean Schwien and Dr. Sue Yeager, an active UMC laywoman and career professor – were already familiar with the biblical covenant stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jonathan and Jesus. In preparing for the course, however, Yeager noted: "Imagine my surprise and delight … when the words jumped off the page and took on a much greater meaning than I ever expected!  [The Covenant Community study] has provided me with a stronger connection to God, but connections also with John Wesley and other leaders, and with the present, reaffirming what is important in living a Christian life, TODAY!  … As the book jacket states, Living as a Covenant Community will engage you with our covenant God, will help you grow in your love for God, for each other, and for your neighbors near and far!"
Be intentional in responding to Bishop Karen Oliveto’s call for us to "Live into Beloved Community." Sign up today for one of the first two mid-week or weekend Mission u 2017 events targeted for clergy and lay people:
  • Wednesday, July 19 at University Park UMC, Denver, CO
  • Friday and/or Saturday, July 21-22 at St. Andrew UMC, Highlands Ranch, CO
Register for these or other one-day events online at www.rmcumc.org/mission_u. Also find descriptions and a schedule of all 2017 Mission u courses.